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30 July 2015

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The History and Future of Research Block Grant Funding for Australian Universities

by Prof. Alan Pettigrew

A paper by Professorial Fellow Alan Pettigrew on universities' response to reduced support for research over the years and in the future. Read


Reflections on Fieldwork

by Emily Porrello

Emily's reflections on her experience in Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places: the subject and real life. Read


Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places

by Jack Latimore

Jack shares his experience of the Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places subject offered by the Melbourne CSHE. Read

Upcoming professional development programs and events


Leading and Managing in Universities

'Know the organisation...', 5-7 August 2015, Sydney
'Know the person...', 11-13 November 2015 Melbourne

Program designed for university heads of departments/schools and corporate managers. Two workshops left in 2015. Register today!


Effectively Handling Allegations and Investigations of Research Misconduct

20 August 2015, Perth

Learn how to effectively handle allegations of research misconduct and prevent further repercussions for you and your institution. Read more


Budgeting and Financial Management for Tertiary Education Managers

17-18 September 2015, Sydney

A program to enhance understanding of university financial systems, tools and processes and how to optimise their use in strategic management and planning. Read more


Simulation exercise on research strategy and management

28 September 2015, Singapore

Held on the eve of the 2015 ARMS Conference, this workshop will tackle issues faced by university decision makers in relation to research management within a safe and controlled environment. Limited to 25 participants. Register today via our website.


2015 Service Improvement and Innovation in Universities Conference

15-16 October 2015, Melbourne

Gain valuable insights into how to drive service improvements and innovation across your institution from experts from within and outside the university sector. Including representatives from Qantas, University of California, Berkeley, the Australian and US federal governments. Read more

Partnership with the Australian Innovation Research Centre


The LH Martin Institute and the Australian Innovation Research Centre have signed a partnership agreement earlier this month to further innovation across Australia's tertiary education sector. Read more

Single subjects starting in September 2015

Single subjects allow you to take on a subject in assessed or non-assessed mode and try an aspect of a postgraduate course without committing to the full program. Below are those starting in September 2015.


Maintaining Quality within Institutions

28 September-20 November 2015, online

This online subject focuses on how people can define, measure, monitor and improve quality assurance processes and procedures. Read more


Operating an External Quality Agency

28 September-20 November 2015, online

This online subject focuses on the practical aspects of providing quality assurace services that ensure quality of programs or institutions either through initial accreditation, re-accreditation or review and improvement strategies. Read more


Institutional Research in Tertiary Education

28 September-20 November 2015, online

An online subject providing insight into institutional research. It will cover topics such as analytic resources and common domains of analysis: student enrolments, progression and completion, etc. Read more

A study tour for TAFE Higher Education leaders


2015 Study Mission to Canada

27 September- 2 October 2015, Toronto and Ottawa

Co-hosted by TAFE Directors Australia, this study mission will examine the Canadian community colleges' applied research model. Suitable for leaders of VET institutions (TAFE, private providers, dual-sector universities), tertiary education policy developers and researchers in tertiary education. Read more

Public events at the LH Martin Institute and Melbourne CSHE

Note: although public events are free, please register if you would like to attend to help us ensure venue comfort for all attendees as well as to contact you in the event of last minute changes. We thank you for your cooperation.


MOOCs: What Have we Learned?

14 August 2015, Melbourne

A seminar and open discussion with Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller, who will delve into how MOOCs provide opportunities for open-ended projects, intercultural learner interactions and collaborative learning. Read more or register

LH Martin Institute community news

We are moving!

As you read this, we will be in the advanced stages of packing our office for the big move to a new premises in the Elisabeth Murdoch Building on the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus. Therefore, please note that our current office will be closed in the afternoon of Friday, 31 July. We expect to be back online in our new office by Wednesday, 5 August, but some delays or disruptions may still occur after this. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Latest findings and related documents from Vocations project available

If you attended one of our recent seminars on the Vocations project and would like to read more on what was discussed, findings and other project-related documents are available from the NCVER (via our website).


Congratulations Qingcheng Li

Qingcheng Li (pictured left), who spent a year at the LH Martin Institute in 2013-2014 as a visiting PhD candidate from Beijing Normal University, has successfully obtained his PhD after eight months revising and polishing his dissertation entitled 'Conflicts and Choices: A Study on University Fundraising Ethics'. Congratulations and best of luck on the journey ahead!

LH Martin Institute in the media

A soon-to-be released report on women in science prompted the story 'Women 'ghettoised' in the sciences', The Australian, 1 July 2015.


Professor Alan Pettigrew's analysis of research block grant funding (above) was covered in 'Competitive grants hit universities' autonomy over research', The Australian, 1 July 2015.


Director Professor Leo Goedegebuure rebuffs claims of academics being lazy in 'University staff 'donating' $1.7bn in unpaid work', The Australian, 22 July 2015.


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